This month’s theme: HAPPINESS

Articles of the Month

Do What Makes You Happy – Then Do More Of What Makes You Happy – In order to find happiness you have to be content with your life and wake up smiling and be ready for the day ahead. This can only be done by finding things in life that start off with you making yourself happy.

Do More of What Makes You Happy – Doing more of what makes you happy stands for a very simple principle in our lives. In order to be happier and enjoy your life more, you should simply do the work that makes you feel connected to something bigger than yourself.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”

Dalai Lama

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Act of Kindness

Do More Things That Make You Happy. Once you find happiness with one thing, then the best thing to do is spend time doing more of what makes you happy. Finding happiness does not have to be your full time career. As long as you spend time doing something that you absolutely love, happiness will follow when you least expect it.

Question of the Month

What are 3 simple things that make you happy? Share here or in the comments below.

Kindness Media

Photo of the Month

What does this picture make you feel and why? Share your thoughts.

Songs of the Month

This song gives several descriptions of what happy people are. Most of all, we see that kindness is the dominant trait.

The song assures listeners that anything or anyone that we love can be a wellspring of happiness for us.

This song offers an eye-opening message for listeners. It reminds us that we are responsible for our own happiness.

Videos of the Month

“Respect your elders” — these are words we all know well. But have we truly lived by them and internalized their meaning and significance? Watch this exciting global video collaboration: A Tribute to Our Elders

Katarina Blom lets you in on a few secrets of the mind, and how you can cultivate happiness by befriending your brain.

An animated short film about a situation in which many of us might find ourselves every now and then.

Books of the Month

The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama – When life gets complicated, take a step back and remind yourself of your overall purpose or goal. Reflect on what will truly bring you happiness, and then reset your priorities accordingly; this can give you a fresh perspective on what direction to take.

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin – Are you focused on the things that really matter to you? Set measurable goals in an area of your life you want to improve (marriage, parenting, work, self-fulfillment) and build on those goals cumulatively with specific action steps.

Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert – We aren’t very good at predicting what will make us happy, says Harvard professor Gilbert. Challenge what your imagination dreams up for the future. Strike a balance between feeling good enough to cope with a situation but bad enough to do something about it. Use your emotions as a compass to tell you what to do.

My Heart Fills With Happiness – Monique Gray Smith – A beautiful board book perfect for your baby or toddler. It’s also one of the few board books featuring a Native American protagonist. The text celebrates finding happiness in everyday events.

The Jar of Happiness – Ailsa Burrows – Is there a recipe for happiness? Meg certainly thinks so. She collects all the necessary ingredients in a jar, which she uses to cheer up her friends and family when they’re feeling low.

100 Things That Make Me Happy – Amy Schwartz – From Amy Schwartz comes this endearing tribute to 100 everyday things worth celebrating. Readers young and old will get lost in the loving details of each illustration, and the warmth of the simple pleasures that surround us all.